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Marine Scientist

Job Description and Requirements
  • *Job Summary**

AECOM seeks a Marine Scientist for environmental operations. This position primarily involves managing projects from start to completion that occur within the Environmental Management service line that is part of AECOM Environment. 

The incumbent will be responsible for the procurement of some projects and execution of these projects within this sector. 

The types of project work that would be included are: Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), site investigations, offshore marine surveys, ROV surveys, diving, regulatory compliance work, regulatory knowledge management, environmental due diligence assessments, etc. 

The Senior Marine Scientist is accountable for providing independent task planning, execution, analysis, and reporting for specific discipline under general direction. The individual will research and solve technical problems in accordance with accepted practice/methodology and report on results.

  • *Job Duties:**

+ Procuring projects within UAE, Qatar, Bahrain and/or other GCC countries by seeking opportunities for environmental consultancy services and preparing tender documents for the project. 

+ Meeting with potential and actual clients to discuss the scope of the project. 

+ Executing the project by, for example, performing research, project planning, compiling data, preparing technical reports for assessment by the Government, coordinating sub-consultants, reviewing technical reports prepared by sub-consultants, conducting field work (including environmental assessment, monitoring & sampling where necessary), meeting with clients to discuss the progress of the project at various milestones reached & effectively managing the budget allocated for the project. 

+ Mentoring less experienced staff by, for example, providing assistance with technical matters, supervising & reviewing work for continual improvement & engaging staff in projects being managed to ensure the staff meet project, quality and section performance objectives. 

+ Providing technical expertise for a variety of environmental projects, 

+ Presenting visual material for clients, including presentations related to projects. 

+ Aiming to ultimately build the quantity of Marine scientists in the team working on projects, particularly those projects related to EIAs and Marine Surveys. 

+ Working independently and autonomously to achieve project goals. 

+ Working in a safe and responsible manner both in the office and in the field. 

+ Performing specific tasks per accepted techniques in accordance with appropriate regulations. Make specific recommendations on the basis of analysis and results. Compile and present results as an individual or member of task force. 

+ Communicating effectively both through written reports, letters, e-mails and in oral discussions.

  • *Specific Skills Required:**

+ M.Sc. or PhD in a marine scientific discipline. 

+ Appropriate boat handling qualification (e.g. RSA Powerboat Level 2). 

+ Certified Marine Mammal Observer (e.g. JNCC, UK) 

+ OSHA 40-hours or 24- hours Health & Safety training. 

+ Good working knowledge of the use and application of specialist statistical software (e.g. Minitab), particularly PRIMER. 

+ Experience in the application of marine habitat enhancement/restoration techniques (e.g. artificial reef construction and deployment, seagrass and mangrove restoration)

  • *Minimum Requirements**

+ A minimum of 7years of experience in the delivery of Marine related ESIA. 

+ At least 5 years of experience working in the consulting environment. 

+ Experience in the ME will be an advantage.

  • *Preferred Qualifications**

+ B.Sc. (Hons.) in biological or environmental science. 

+ PADI Rescue Diver certification or above. Equivalent or more advanced certification obtained through another suitably accredited organisation (e.g. BSAC, HSE (UK), CMAS etc.) is acceptable. 

+ Basic office computer skills (Word, Excel, internet searching, etc.). 

+ Proficient in technical writing and verbal communication in English. 

+ Technically proficient in Marine Sciences and specific scientific or engineering area or discipline. 

+ Knowledge & understanding of generally accepted Best Practice Environmental Management. 

+ Direct experience in the field working for clients in the performance of projects expected to be within the jurisdiction of the section. 

+ Ability to manage projects from start to completion.